Mother ‘faked daughter’s cancer

to get donations and even let the four-year-old believe she had the disease’

Lies: Abreail Winkler had everyone convinced that her four-year-old daughter was fighting leukemia

Lies: Abreail Winkler had everyone convinced that her four-year-old daughter was fighting leukemia

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A mother who allegedly faked her daughter’s cancer so she could get thousands of dollars in donations, even convincing the four-year-old she had the disease, has been arrested, it emerged today.

Abreail Denise Winkler, 30, from Vernal, Utah, convinced everyone in her local community her child was battling leukemia and allegedly accepted more than $3,000 in donations.

Vernal police officials said they contacted the Division of Child and Family Services about medical records regarding the child, and none of them suggested she had cancer.

Vernal police detective Shaun Smith said on Wednesday: ‘We contacted the Division of Child and Family Services. They were able to provide us with medical records and such, and nothing suggests that cancer was ever an issue.

‘Some of the victims [who donated money] that have come forward have had children with cancer, and those individuals are obviously the most impacted.

‘We interviewed the child, and up until a couple of days prior to us interviewing her, she still at that point believed that she had cancer.

‘At this point, she knows that she does not and appears to be coping with it well.’

There was no evidence to suggest that Winkler did anything to her child to make her sick but a number of people in the community told the Deseret News she looked sick in recent weeks and was even losing clumps of hair.

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Chinese doctors nearly come to blows at bedside of terminal patient over who gets his organs

Rival Chinese doctors nearly came to blows after attempting, quite literally, to win over the heart of a terminal patient.

Rival Chinese doctors nearly came to blows after attempting, quite literally, to win over the heart of a terminal patient.

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Xu Bao, a cancer patient in the Chinese city of Hefei, had agreed to donate his corneas and other organs after his death, according to local media reports.

But when representatives from two different transplant groups arrived at his bedside to arrange the donations – in one case bearing flowers – the scene degenerated into a verbal fight over which side would get the organs.

Zhang Yidong, a friend of the terminally ill patient, told the Global Times newspaper the doctors began “bickering for Xu’s body parts” while the patient was still in the room.

“Xu felt terrible and decided to renege,” Mr Zhang said, adding that his friend’s dream of donating his organs had been “ruined”.

A local television reporter who had been at the hospital to document Mr Xu’s selfless act told the Nandu Daily newspaper the standoff had been “awkward”.

The unseemly squabble may be explained by China’s chronic shortage of organ donors. About 1.5 million Chinese people need transplants but a lack of donors mean only 10,000 are performed each year, China’s state-run CCTV reported last year.

“Currently, a vast majority of organs come from executed felons,” the channel admitted.

Last year health authorities announced they would seek to limit the use of organs from executed prisoners over the coming years. Officials said the country would instead rely on a new national donation system for organ transplants.

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